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    Hi.
    Great title huh?
    Anyway...I was working last week, and went to pick up a can of spray paint, and I had such a sharp pain in the meat of my thumb, I almost dropped the can.
    I thought that maybe I had picked up a glass sliver (I'm in the glass industry currently), and maybe that's all it was. I couldn't feel or see anything, but there was definitely something there.

    I was doing some work around the house on Saturday morning, and I was using my shovel, and when I changed grip to dig, I could feel something in my thumb that felt like a ball bearing above the middle joint. Very painful.

    A little more info:
    I've had a cyst in my index finger for a little over a year which is behind the middle knuckle on the tendon which won't allow me to bend my finger it's full range. I was just told to monitor it.

    Well this is VERY new. I never had any issue with my thumb.
    So I went to the clinic to see if they could help with an answer, and they sent me to the hospital for an X ray, and the doctor told me I have this tumor on the inside of my thumb which has now affected the nerve, and I have to get an MRI on both hands (to see if I have more, and he said this can also point to a more harmless hereditary issue), but he gave me a cortisone shot, and said they'd call when they can fit me in with a date for the MRI ,and a specialist.

    I asked what the cause could be...Told him I play guitar, and he said aside from repetative strain sometimes causing a cyst, there is no known cause. Just that they will need to be removed, and a biopsy taken as this one seemed to come on extremely fast.

    Has anyone else had these, or do you know of anyone who has?

    Does anyone know what the long term effects are?
    Right now I'm not getting any answers, and frankly, I'm a little scared what might happen. Like I said, my index finger has had a small one for a while, and I've just adapted, but as it stands right now, being my thumb, this is a real problem. I can't hold anything properly, and the pain is shooting up into my wrist...Throbs. Not fun.
    Any other guitarists had something like this? I'd think if it was guitar related, it'd be in my fretting hand...Not the picking hand. Confused.
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    I had one in my left index finger years ago. Had surgery scheduled and ended up popping it a couple days prior to when I grabbed something really tight. It absorbed and went away. Never to be heard from again.

    Jumped the gun. Is it a tumor or cyst? Mine was a cyst. Not familiar with ganglion tumor. Sorry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Van Halen View Post
    I had one in my left index finger years ago. Had surgery scheduled and ended up popping it a couple days prior to when I grabbed something really tight. It absorbed and went away. Never to be heard from again.

    Jumped the gun. Is it a tumor or cyst? Mine was a cyst. Not familiar with ganglion tumor. Sorry.
    This one is made up of tissue, not water like the one in my index finger. Doctor said this one is a tumor. I'm glad yours just popped! My wife had one of those in her shoulder.
    This one is rock hard. Really sore today despite the shot and the T-3's. I hope I can get this resolved quickly. It's real hard to work like this, and guitar....Forget it. Each time I hit the strings is painful now.

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    Never heard of such a thing, I think I speak for everyone here when I say we hope it turns out ok for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ejmaes67 View Post
    Never heard of such a thing, I think I speak for everyone here when I say we hope it turns out ok for you.
    Thank you very much. I know...I mean I have a cyst like I said on a tendon similar to what Ted mentioned. It has not popped, but it's not a huge priority. This deal on my thumb really shocked me. It was like one day I was fine, and the next day it felt like I'd had a serious injury.
    To describe it, it feels like after you break a bone, and you get that deep sharp stabbing pain you get in waves when all the bruising is coming out. Very weird sensation.

    I expected the doctor to say I have a chunk of glass, or a metal shaving that's gone funky in my thumb. I never knew about the possibility of a tumor either till the doctor said it was pretty common. It's just where it is that is much less common, and it's affecting a nerve cluster, as well as the short period it's developed to the size it has. Maybe weeks...a month..Not sure. I have noticed a little discomfort prior to this weekend here and there, but not actual pain, and definitely not so much that I couldn't hold an object.
    I'm at work today, but it's been a tough go to be honest.
    Been popping Advils this afternoon. Tylenol doesn't seem to be doing squat, and I don't think the cortisone did F-all.

    I really hope to hear about an appointment soon to get a plan of attack. I couldn't imagine having to live with this for an extended period, let alone the prospect of it getting worse and doing permanent damage.
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    Hope you get better ASAP , bro .
    It's scary to think that our guitar hands could be hurt or damaged . I mean hey , this is what we DO ... Y'know ?

    I've had a cyst (or what appears to be) on my fretting hand above the tendon between the index and middle fingers , about an inch up from my wrist , for a while now . No pain or real discomfort as of yet . Knock on wood .
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    Well here is a description. If you read it the most important word is benign. I would suggest keeping an eye on it and follow up with the MRI. ALSO most important see a hand specialist if anyone is going to do surgery.


    Giant Cell Hand Tumors

    Giant cell hand tumors follow hand ganglion cysts as the most common hand tumor. A giant cell hand tumor is a tumor of the sheath that surrounds a tendon. Unlike the hand ganglion cyst which is filled with fluid, the giant cell hand tumor is solid. These tumors are slow-growing, benign and usually painless. For these reasons, your doctor will monitor the hand tumor’s progress and look for any signs of accelerated growth.

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    Thanks Onirb. Most are benign which is encouraging. I was told I will be going to a specialist in the sports medicine field which is great because of their expertise in tendon/ligament issues, so it all sounds positive....it's just the wait. Our medical system is pretty over burdened, and the wait can be very long.
    thanks though guys.

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    I have several family members in the medical field and know a few doctors. They've all given me the same advice for any hand issues, see a Orthopedist who specializes in Sports Medicine, and specifically hand injuries.

    Best of luck to you. Praying for a speedy recovery with no inhibitions to your daily shredding! Hey, Ed came out the other side of hand surgery playing 10x better, so you should too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedi McFly View Post
    I have several family members in the medical field and know a few doctors. They've all given me the same advice for any hand issues, see a Orthopedist who specializes in Sports Medicine, and specifically hand injuries.

    Best of luck to you. Praying for a speedy recovery with no inhibitions to your daily shredding! Hey, Ed came out the other side of hand surgery playing 10x better, so you should too!
    Thanks Jedi! That means a lot....and yeah! Haha! I know right?
    I couldn't help but think of that. I had the image of that photshoot with Ed and Tony in GW with the bandages on. Two of my favorite guitarists had screwed up hands, and came back better. I really wonder how much of this might be a result of playing all these years.I've never been a super speedy player, but I do wrestle the hell out of the guitar, and I do play pretty aggressive, lots of weird skips, and trills, finger picking, similar to what Ed does that kind of contort your picking hand, and aside from this particular issue, I do wake up with stiffness throughout that hand. I don't play with a pick so all that lateral impact a pick would take is straight to my fingers and thumb. Dunno...Maybe just luck of the draw, but after 35 years give or take...Might be something to it.
    The doctor said it's impossible to know for sure, though I've dealt with tendonitis, as well as mild arthritis for a number of years. Tough to say.

    I just hope it gets done soon. I already miss playing. I tried last night for a bit, just to see how it felt, but had to put it down. Any shock to the hand and the pain shoots up my arm. It's really affecting the nerves I guess.
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